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Apr 10, 2013

Israel weighs liberalizing access to key Jewish prayer site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalizing access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.

A compromise proposed by a Netanyahu envoy would expand the Jerusalem prayer site’s plaza, where worshippers are segregated by sex in accordance with Orthodox ritual practice, to add a mixed-gender section for other denominations of Judaism.

Apr 5, 2013

Israel: U.N. observers failing mandate to track Hezbollah arms

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hezbollah guerrilla armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security.

The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel’s neighbours and world powers urge it to roll back its West Bank occupation to make way for a Palestinian state.

Apr 4, 2013

U.N. observers failing mandate to track Hezbollah arms: Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hezbollah guerrilla armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security.

The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel’s neighbors and world powers urge it to roll back its West Bank occupation to make way for Palestinian state.

Mar 24, 2013

Israel says fence-mending with Turks does not end Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM, March 24 (Reuters) – Israel did not commit to
ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey
and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if
security is threatened, Israeli officials said on Sunday.

After a U.S.-brokered fence-mending announcement on Friday,
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel had met his
demands to apologise for killing nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound
activist ship in 2010, pay compensation to those bereaved or
hurt and lift the blockade by allowing in more consumer goods.

Mar 24, 2013

Israel says deal with Turks does not require Gaza blockade end

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel did not commit to ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if security is threatened, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday.

After Friday’s U.S.-brokered fence-mending announcement, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel had met his demands it apologize for killing nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound activist ship in 2010, pay compensation and ease the blockade.

Mar 22, 2013

Hamas appeals to Egypt after Israel halves Gaza fishing zone

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas complained to Egypt on Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Thursday’s salvo at the Israeli border town of Sderot, which caused no casualties, coincided with a visit to Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Mar 20, 2013

Israeli general welcomes Obama with call to share Iron Dome production

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The United States should be allowed to co-produce Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor so it can benefit from the money it has poured into the Jewish state’s defense programs, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday.

Israel developed Iron Dome to shoot down rockets launched from the Gaza Strip and it is the only system in the world to use radar-guided missiles for such short-range interceptions.

Mar 20, 2013

Interiew: Israeli general welcomes Obama with call to share Iron Dome production

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The United States should be allowed to co-produce Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor so it can benefit from the money it has poured into the Jewish state’s defence programmes, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday.

Israel developed Iron Dome to shoot down rockets launched from the Gaza Strip and it is the only system in the world to use radar-guided missiles for such short-range interceptions.

Mar 19, 2013

Netanyahu’s new security cabinet may hesitate on any Iran war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has streamlined his security cabinet but its crop of untested politicians and a member who has rankled at saber-rattling could hamper any decision to strike Iran.

The seven-minister forum was unveiled on Monday as part of a new centre-right government whose “paramount task”, Netanyahu said, is to “stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons”.

Mar 19, 2013

Obama’s Israel itinerary skirts settlements but not symbolism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will embrace Jewish history while skirting the morass of West Bank settlements when he visits Israel this week – a selective itinerary laden with diplomatic signals.

The tour, running from Wednesday to Friday, is meant to warm Israelis to the cool-tempered, second-term Democratic leader who is prodding their rightist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to hold fire on Iran and make way for a Palestinian state.